Month: February 2006

Updated: Menken, Musker and Clements Return to Disney

Sources close to the Walt Disney Company tell that the popular feature animation production team of John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA). Musker and Clements whose work as writers, director and producer includes The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules and Treasure Planet, left WDFA last year after […]

Disney new release Tuesday: Lady and the Tramp

Today marks the Region 1 release of Disney’s classic animated feature Lady and the Tramp as the next in the line of Disney’s prestigious Platinum Editions. This 2-disc set features a stunning digital restoration and tons of fun and informative extras, especially in giving story man Joe Grant well-deserved and due credit for the genesis […]

Toonacious™ Family Entertainment news release

The following is a recent press release from Toonacious™ Family Entertainment about their recent linking up with C&I Partners to fund animated feature film projects, both CG and 2D:

Updated: RIP, Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver, most famous for his work in the hit television series Gunsmoke and McCloud, died on Friday, at the age of 81 years old. His animated work included voicing the characters Dusty and Josh in Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990). In 2002, Weaver enjoyed a guest role in the Simpsons episode “The Lastest […]

Press release: Moving Castle, Totoro, Whisper

At Utlimate Disney is the press release for next week’s wave of Studio Ghibli DVDs, including Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Whisper of the Heart. Found among the piece’s info is word on what bonus features are in store for the 2-disc sets.

Kong gets hare-cut

Angry Alien Productions presents a 30-second bunny reenactment/parody of the 1933 masterpiece King Kong.

Dinosaurs on DVD

Buena Vista has released details and artwork for the upcoming Dinosaurs: The First And Second Seasons DVD box set from Disney and Jim Henson Productions. For a look at the announcement in the current issue of Video Business magazine, plus a glimpse of the box art, follow this pre-hysteric link:

Three more posters get Hoodwinked

The Internet Movie Database has acquired three more posters promoting Hoodwinked. This time around, Twitchy and Nicky Flippers are the recipients of character banners.

King Kong DVD specs announced

Coming Soon has the specs for King Kong’s original theatrical version DVD and the Special Edition 2-disc set. Bonus features to accompany the latter include: a special introduction by Peter Jackson; post production diaries; Skull Island: A Natural History; and Kong’s New York, 1933. Both King Kong DVDs will enter stores on March 28, 2006.

Ultimate Avengers rescheduled for action

The television premiere of the DTV title Ultimate Avengers: The Movie has been rescheduled, says Toon Zone. The Cartoon Network event will now take place on April 15, rather than March 11, following four weeks of Hayao Miyazaki movies on Toonami.

Condolora now Senior VP and General Manager, Cartoon Network New Media

Toon Zone has the announcement from Cartoon Network that Paul Condolora has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager for Cartoon Network New Media. At his new post, Condolora will continue to report to Mark Norman, senior vice president of business operations for Cartoon Network U.S. and Boomerang.

Keener keen for Wild Things

At the blog Better Than Fudge, an excerpt from The Charlie Rose Show reveals that Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener has a role in Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, as the mother of the main character, Max. The interview further reveals that The Jim Henson Company is making puppets for the production.

"Easy Being Green" for Kermit with Ford

Ford’s official website offers the humorous commercial in which Kermit the Frog explains why it is easy being green.

Two Ice Age 2 television spots online

Latino Review is where the first two television spots for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown may be located, in high-resolution QuickTime glory.

Toy Cars cars via Route 66 News provides a glimpse of the upcoming Mattel toy line inspired by Disney/Pixar’s summer picture Cars, explaining the bells and whistles to be found with some of the items.

Flushed Away receives positive early review

Ain’t It Cool News has a positive early review of DreamWorks Animation’s Flushed Away, with only light spoilers involved.

Release date news: Dumbo, Leroy & Stitch, Toy Story, JoJo, Kim Possible

From Disney’s Investor Relations Newsletter, Ultimate Disney learns that the Dumbo: Special Edition DVD is still slated for June 13th, the same day the Disney Channel’s popular High School Musical will arrive in stores. On the other hand, the release date for Leroy & Stitch, once due in April, has been moved to June 27th. […]

India aiming to be popular with animation

According to an interesting article from The Central Chronicle, India is on track to becoming a leading outsourcing destination for the animation industry. Adding to this suggestion is the fact that a recent survey by Anderson Consultancy stated that the Indian animation industry could earn near $15 billion by 2008.

Recent tricks of computer animation explained

Wired Magazine briefly breaks down some of the computer generated magic to be found in past and upcoming features such as Sin City, Jarhead, King Kong, Munich, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, V for Vendetta, and X-Men: The Last Stand.

DVD news: George, X-Men, Turtles, Felix

TV Shows on DVD has collected yet another assortment of animated DVD news. First up, the site has the lowdown on the Curious George DVD exclusive Wal-Mart currently offers, as some people have been curious concerning what the disc holds. It turns out that the DVD presents three episodes of the new Curious George television […]

Don Knotts dies at 81

Don Knotts, most famous for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on \\The Andy Griffith Show\\, died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, according to the {{link AP}}. He was 81 years old. Knotts was no stranger to animation voicing characters in several tv shows and […]

Ice Age park opening in Alaska

A month long ice festival in Fairbanks will be featuring carvings from the upcoming Ice Age 2: The Melt Down among its ranks this year. Yahoo! News reports that John Leguizamo, voice of Sid will be flying in to assist Gov. Frank Murkowski in the ceremonial ice ribbon cutting using blow torches on a stage […]

Tour Disney's Animation Research Library with

IGN has a great 4-page article today on a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney’s vast animation archives “for an inside look at the studio’s illustrious (and illustrated) legacy of hand-drawn classics.” Check it out!

Tales from Earthsea trailer online!

SquarejawHero at the Animation Nation forum has pointed out a Japanese trailer for Studio Ghibli’s next project Gedo Senki, or Tales from Earthsea – found on the French website and brought to us via Ain’t It Cool News. The file is a zipped download, and contains the trailer in RealPlayer format. Tales from Earthsea […]

Doogal opens in 2,318 theaters

The Magic Roundabout, known as Doogal to North America, opens in 2,318 theaters today, courtesy of The Weinstein Company. Despite not being screened for critics, the film’s page at Rotten Tomatoes has still gathered a small collection of reviews, currently presenting a Tomatometer score of 67%. How will Doogal do at the box office? Box […]

American Dog cast

Found at Wikipedia is another tidbit for the Disney rumor mill, with this news centering on the casting for Chris Sanders’ American Dog. According to the website, the voices of John Cusack, Russell Crowe, Bernie Mac, Kirsten Dunst, Kathy Najimy, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Hugh Grant, Woody Harrelson, Philip Baker Hall and Sarah Jessica […]

Disney embracing technology to embrace success?

In the Business Week article “Disney Builds a Better Mousetrap,” Ronald Grover speculates on Disney CEO Robert Iger’s ideas for leading the Mouse House with a digital strategy. What is Grover’s verdict? “Sure, it may occasionally stumble, but Disney’s willingness to venture into the new world of digital will likely pay off in the long […]

Enchanted traditional animation

Jim Hill Media indicates that the animated portions of Disney’s upcoming princess-out-of-fairy-tale picture Enchanted will be traditionally animated, with the work being completed by James Baxter Animation. As for traditional animation’s return to Walt Disney Feature Animation, Jim Hill writes, “The way I hear it, if traditional animation does come back at Walt Disney Studios, […]

Fried Chicken

The sequel to Disney’s premiere computer animated feature, Chicken Little, has been cancelled, reveals a post at Animation Nation. In the meantime, the official site for Chicken Little’s DVD debut has opened, as pointed out by Justin Williams in the Animated-News Forum.

Lost Japanese animated movie finds restoration

Yahoo! Asia News reports that on Wednesday, the Fukuoka City Public Library announced it has restored the first animated film created in Japan following World War II. Publicly debuting in 1948, the 48-minute Princess of Baghdad had been missing for numerous years. To celebrate the movie’s restoration, the Fukuoka City Public Library will show Princess […]